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Truthdig Radio airs every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles on 90.7 KPFK. If you can’t listen live, starting on Wednesday nights look for the podcast and transcript of each week’s show right here on Truthdig.

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the great Bill Moyers on the desperate state of our democracy, Nomi Prins on the scandalous IMF and Cole Miller on grass-roots philanthropy.

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0:35 - Nomi Prins
7:09 - Cole Miller
21:20 - Bill Moyers

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Peter Scheer This is Truthdig Radio, bringing you the best interviews and commentary from Truthdig.com and KPFK. On this week’s show, Cole Miller on grass-roots philanthropy and the great Bill Moyers on the desperate state of our democracy. But first, Nomi Prins on the IMF’s lesser-known scandals.

 

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Kasia Anderson: This is Kasia Anderson. I’m associate editor at Truthdig, and we’re pleased—I’m also here with Bob Scheer—we’re pleased to be speaking with Nomi Prins. And she is a financial expert and author of “It Takes a Pillage.” And she also is proprietress of NomiPrins.com. And today we want to talk about the IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn—and not just about the kind of splashy headlines that we’ve been getting about him in recent days, but also a little bit more about his background at the IMF—which, Nomi, as I gather, you have a little different take on than some of the articles that have been coming out about him.

Nomi Prins: Yeah. I think the main thing is these articles that have been coming out, for the most part, have fallen into two categories. One is all the details, or alleged details, about what’s gone on in New York. And the second is about whether his absence from the IMF is going to keep them from creating bailout packages for the periphery countries in Europe, including Greece and Portugal. And all of them are really not focused on what the IMF has done, both under Dominique Strauss-Kahn and will continue to do without him. Because the main mission of the IMF, as he led it and as it stands today, and as it has been before he was present, is really to extract severe austerity measures from struggling countries in return for loans. And in particular, recently, the loans … what have been considered bailouts very much like our own, are going to bail out the banking systems and the financial markets of some of these countries—of Greece, of Portugal, of Ireland—and to pay for that, cut pension funds and wages and social services for the population that had nothing to do with the financial destruction caused by the global banking system.

Kasia Anderson: Right. And you have experience, as I gather, from Bear Stearns in Europe, kind of before the big economic meltdown, and also from just kind of a political-economic viewpoint. Since DSK, as we may call him now, is also someone who’s being viewed as, or was being viewed as, a potential leader of France in the future, before this alleged sexual assault happened, what do you think that his … maybe some misconceptions about what he might bring to France might be, in lieu of what you were saying about his leadership of the IMF?

Nomi Prins: Well, ironically, he’s been considered—you know, despite, also, past allegations of sexual misconduct as well—to be, yeah, in the running for leading France for the socialist side, the socialist party of France. Which, to me, is a little ironic given that what he has done at the IMF—and again, it’s keeping with the IMF’s philosophy in general—is really extract severe economic pain from people and from public programs for two main reasons. One, because I think he was considering the move to lead France, and being at the head of the IMF—which has always been led by a core European political person; I mean, it’s always been a stepping stone in and out of other types of political careers. And it’s tended to be run by a Euro-elite, or basically someone from France or Germany or a country that’s sort of allied with them from an economic standpoint, as opposed to any other country. But he basically very much promoted the idea that austerity measures should be enacted in return for bailout funds. And the result of that in some of the countries has been quite devastating. In Greece, for example, where there are renewed protests in the streets, and there were a year ago when its initial bailout package was being addressed, the unemployment there is over 14½ percent on average. It’s over 35 percent for the youth of the country. It’s similar in Ireland, at 14.7 percent; Ireland got a bailout package from the IMF constructed, you know, among other people, by DSK. And it’s been in more pain. And the reason these countries are in pain to begin with was because of their own banks and the international community, international capital and banks that basically pillaged and speculated when they could and then ran for the hills when things got bad in the end of 2008. So these countries basically are struggling and being given what’s called a bailout, but it’s really a loan to give cheap money to banks—very similar to what’s happening here—in return for cutting moneys from the public. And that’s something that’s not very socialistic. [Laughs] So it’s, it’s … so even though he was sort of slated for that role and grooming himself for that role in France, the reality is that France, and Germany, as sort of the elite core of Europe, have always used these periphery countries for purposes of speculation and investment. And it was like this before the euro was—came together in 1999; there was always these big capitalist trades going on between the sort of core European countries—France, Germany—and the external ones, like Spain and Italy, back then. And it’s really what we’re … 12 years on from that, 11 years on from that, and not much has changed, except we’ve had a couple of bank crises and currency crises in between.

Kasia Anderson: We’re going to have to end on that note. Once again, this is Kasia Anderson, associate editor of Truthdig. I’ve been here with Robert Scheer and Nomi Prins, author of “It Takes a Pillage” and proprietress of NomiPrins.com. You can hear the rest of this interview on Truthdig.com.

 

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Peter Scheer: This is Truthdig Radio. I’m Peter Scheer in studio with Josh Scheer and Cole Miller, who is the founding director of No More Victims, a grass-roots organization that connects American communities with war-injured Iraqi children and their families. Thanks for joining us.

Cole Miller: Thanks for having me.

Peter Scheer: And I should say, we spoke earlier about a rather dark vision of how human rights groups are exploited in the pursuit of war. And we’re now moving to a more positive vision of how human rights groups try to address some of the tragedies of war. Can you just sort of sum up what your organization does?

Cole Miller: Well, what we’ve done for the last—well, actually, since 2002, is identify children who are injured by U.S. forces—that’s an important element; by U.S. forces—and then we connect their medical reports with communities in the United States that have expressed an interest in organizing medical relief for those kids. Then we work to evacuate the children, bring them to the United States, where they get medical care that is unavailable to them in Iraq. And of course, things are changing; it’s changed a lot since we started, back before the invasion. But it’s still an urgent, urgent need that the Iraqi people have in the face of what we’ve done to their country. And so I—we encourage people to become involved.

Peter Scheer: How difficult is it to get people here? I mean, I guess it’s—I would guess it’s expensive and difficult to deal with visas, and that kind of thing.

Cole Miller: Well, it’s expensive; it’s less expensive now than it was previously, because there were no consular services in Iraq, so people couldn’t go to the U.S. Embassy, for example, in Iraq and get visas; now they can. So we would have to evacuate them to a third country—usually Jordan, once Kuwait—and then bring them to the United States. It is expensive; it’s time-consuming; it takes a lot of dedication. But the benefits are that children—let me just tell you a little story about, you know…

Peter Scheer: Sure.

Cole Miller: … your father was mentioning that he wanted this story told. That there’s a little boy named Mustafa Abed. And on November 3rd, 2004, one day before our election, in softening up bombing in Fallujah, he was hit and he lost about a quarter of his body. He was about 2 years old at the time; blew off his leg, his hip, most of his pelvis. And when they walked into the hospital with him, one person was carrying a bundle of his intestines in a blanket, and another person was carrying the boy’s body. And they were walking as close together as they could. Now, they thought that the boy had no chance of survival. But miraculously, they managed to save his life. Over the course of the intervening period before we got to him he had, also, nerve damage that caused him to develop kidney stones and bladder stones. And when we got him here, he had a bladder stone the size of a large egg. Now, a kidney stone—a tiny kidney stone will put a linebacker on his back screaming in agony. This kid, for four years, had to endure incredibly intense pain, periodic pain, all the time. You know? Until we got him here. We got him here; he had to receive emergency medical treatment up in Portland, Ore.; they had to remove one of his kidneys, which failed; they managed to save his other kidney; and he has been pain-free ever since. And he’s learning how to walk on a prosthetic. But if you think about the magnitude of what was done to that boy, first we go in and we blow a quarter of his body off. And then, in the intervening four years, nobody provided for that child. Not the Iraqi government; not the American military; not the American authorities. Nobody provided for that child. So he had to suffer that agony for those four years, and would have died in agony had it not been for the concern and generosity of that community in Portland. So that’s just one of the kids. And you know, you ask yourself how many thousands of children are there out there in just that situation? How many thousands have been left to die in excruciating pain, when just—you know—OK, let’s say that the damage is done, the bomb’s been dropped, the kid’s been hurt. Then you might try to alleviate that suffering by intervening, medically. Didn’t happen.

 


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By MarthaA, May 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

Eaglemount, May 21 at 9:11 am,

Thanks for that link to sign for a Constitutional amendment to pay for
elections and get rid of Corporate Mammon in the election process,
that I signed.

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By Eaglemount, May 21, 2011 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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It’s all well and good to comment about an issue that needs the attention of citizens.  It’s even more important to ACTUALLY DO something significant that will allow necessary changes to be made to improve our country.

Here is a link that will interest many of you.
http://signon.org/sign/public-funding-of-elected

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By bogi666, May 21, 2011 at 6:22 am Link to this comment
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doublestandard, it’s mindlessness that USAn’s have been instilled with. The inability, not knowing, stupidity[a chosen state]and/or too lazy to discern and realize thoughts from facts. Mindlessness is institutionalized,recited by the MSM. It originates from government, business and pretend christians which gives it legitimacy.Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky, by instilling mindlessness of the USAn’s has been in affect for 90 years, when it was 1st articulated by Walter Lippmann as a means to manipulate the population to be controlled and ruled by an elitist group.

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By MarthaA, May 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

A dismantling is what needs to be done of the corporate construct
that has been taken awry through unregulated Conservative and
Right-Wing Republican greed and it can only
be done by the 70% majority common population as a class and
culture who are not currently being represented in the making and
enforcing of legislated law and order in the United States at all.  It is
time for the majority common population as a class and culture stand
up and be recognized as the class and culture they are, 70% of the
population, the majority population of the United States, the
American Populace Class and Culture.

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By Daniel, May 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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@Billee:
I am 27 right now and agree with most of what you said.
I think part of it is, with me and everyone younger
than me, ever since we’ve been politically aware, GWB
was president.  So it was hard to see the flaws in the
system, because everything terrible that happened it
was easy to say “Oh it’s Bush’s fault, and he’s
ridiculous.” But now that Obama is president I think
it’s easier to see the systemic nature of corporate
control.  Hopefully people will start to wake up.  But
I share your worry also.

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By mary m morgan, May 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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I have listened to May 18th Truth Dig Radio
Am appalled to hear another “Great American Hero” a la Mortenson “saving” what’s left of Iraqi children’s bodies, one at a time, and suggesting that this saviorhood be taken up by other Americans rich enough to fund it.
  How is it possible for Americans to pay for and execute the killing, slaughter and maiming of thousands of children in other lands and then get the opportunity to “feel good” by donating a few bucks to some one-child-at-a time medical miracle?
  I’m very disappointed in TruTh Dig!! I wish all of you, especially Bob would read Madeleine Bunting’s Guardian piece “Exposed Literary Fraud Reveals Lengths Americans Take to Deceive Themselves to Justify War and Intervention”. Band aids will not cure the wounds caused by robot aggression.  We don’t deserve to “feel good” by writing a token check.  “I weep for my country” and also Truth Dig.  Mary M. Morgan

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By ElkoJohn, May 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

I have to agree with RS.
The Federal government is owned and operated by the big corporations.
As such, it is becoming more and more an enemy of the people.
So if we dismantle this behemoth in favor of states rights, perhaps
we and the rest of the world would be better off without the empire of
perpetual war and profits at any cost.

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By John Steinsvold, May 20, 2011 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

An Alternative to Capitalism (which we need here in the USA and pretty quick according to Bill)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: “There is no alternative”. She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: “Home of the Brave?” which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own.
—Georg C. Lichtenberg

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By Egomet Bonmot, May 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment

I mean Jesus, I look at the same long LONG career of self-canonizing that you do, knit eyebrows and Joseph Campbell and all, and ask myself why the man has never, ever, owned up to his part in LBJ’s dirty tricks department.  It always comes out in dribs and drabs from outside, a Morley Safer interview or an FOIA request, never from Moyers himself.  G. Gordon Liddy owned his history with Nixon and didn’t try to set himself up as a saint.  With Moyers the hypocrisy is rank.

The truth is that Arnold Schwarzenegger has been more forthcoming about his indiscretions in a single week than Moyers has been over his whole career.  At the very least, he owes PBS subscribers a one-hour special entitled “Bad Stuff I Did.”

He’d bring the house down.

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By Gail, May 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you for having Nomi Prins discuss the IMF and Bill Moyers talk about democracy.

Of most concern are the neoliberal free trade agreements that are destroying democracy and contain much more than trade that allows big business and mega-banks to dictate numerous areas of policies to leaders around the world that destroys democracies.

Please consider having Public Citizen’s Global Trade Director Lori Wallach on your radio show. There are three free trade agreements coming before Congress very soon: South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Additionally, the Trans Pacific Partnership is also a free trade agreement coming up in November 2011.

These free trade agreements are part of the financial/economic meltdown that gets little media coverage.  Additionally, these free trade agreements are part of destroying the wealth of nations and their democracies.

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By Egomet Bonmot, May 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment

Thanks Virginia but I’ll keep things heavy for now if it’s all the same to you…

How about this for a compromise:  Everyone get a look at Moyer’s cabinet memo to LBJ (recently made public under FOIA request) outlining Moyers’ plans to investigate and root out suspected administration homosexuals, as well as prominent homosexuals in public life, Hollywood et al.  Let the man speak for himself.  Deal?

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By Night-Gaunt, May 19, 2011 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment

Even after all these years of fine work some people just won’t let someone’s past go.

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By Virginia777, May 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

Egomet Bonmot:

oh for gosh sakes troll, lighten up on Bill Moyers.

Grow up.

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By Egomet Bonmot, May 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment

Moyers did his part for democracy as hatchet man for LBJ, bugging Martin Luther King’s hotel room to glean private dirt on the man and working to get journalists like Morley Safer kicked out the States for unfavorable coverage.  The man is despicable.

Google Slate’s “The Intolerable Smugness of Bill Moyers” or any of a hundred other articles for the facts.

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By Cliff Carson, May 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

I can’t get out of my mind the statement “We have brought back ten”  and that is in nine years!

The depravity we Americans allowed our government to do to the people of the the Middle East is almost impossible to measure.

And no mention of the DU was made in the Article.  That Radioactive poison scattered there by our Military has tripled the amount of “monster” births in Iraq and will continue to do so for the next several million years assuming that our civilization lasts that long.

It will take an omnipotent God to forgive us for our cruelty.  I can’t bring myself to forgive the horror we have visited on innocent people.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, May 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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I found it interesting that everyone involved in the conversation with Moyers glossed over the most important point he raised - that is, that facts no longer have any bearing on what people in this country believe or on what political opinions they hold, according to a study he cited.  We are living in what has been called the “post factual age.”  We believe that we are entitled to our own facts as well as opinions.  We reject facts that do not support our beliefs.  In other words, political pundits like those here at TD are only and always “preaching to the choir.”  The idea that if you could reach more people you could change their minds is quite out of line with the conclusions of this study.  Another recent study showed that not all people who get their news from Fox are undereducated, incurious, or stupid.  There is a large segment of educated, socially involved people who tune into Fox to have their “facts” verified.  To blame Fox News for “disinformation” is putting the cart before the horse.

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By Artful Dodger, May 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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Re: D R Zing

Yes. Bill Moyers is a great man. But he worked for a miserable son-of-a-bitch. Perhaps that is why Mr. Moyers left politics and dedicated his life and career to journalism at its best. He certainly saw firsthand what an evil person can do when he manipulates journalism at its worst.

I remember how Mort Sahl did lampoons of St. Bill and LBJ. I can’t help wondering what St. Bill’s role was in the Kennedy murder. To quote:

In fact, prior to the appointing of the Special Commission, Deputy Attorney General D. Katzenbach wrote in a memo to President Lyndon B. Johnson Aide Bill Moyers on November 25, 1963: “The public must be satisfied that Oswald was assassin; that he did not have confederates…” [2]


I know St. Bill and Valenti had been complicit in quashing a very impugning documentary about the JFK assassination on the Discovery channel. There were some bits of the expose that implicated LBJ’s involvement. Whenever I see the pious looking face of St. Bill on TV I get a sour belch. This St. Bill couldn’t understand the anti-war movement of the time. Finally, he cut his losses late in the game by resigning as LBJ’s press secretary in 1967. Whenever I see him lecture on the evils of our tyrannical government, I feel like I am being preached to by the town drunk, who just got religion after being caught for statutory rape. He is a really creepy man if you think about it hard enough. I will keep pointing out the evil in this man for as long as Truthdig makes reference to him as some sort of liberal saint. Recall that the Catholic Church had elevated many inquisitors and torturers to beatification and sainthood. Color me a hagiophobe.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 19, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

We have seen that the predatory nature of business run by those and attractive to those who have no compassion or interest in their posterity. Just remember Daffy Duck and the magic lamp—-“Its mine, mine, mine!!!”

As had been chronicled by others, since the the 1980’s, maybe 1970’s have found that corporate culture has been aligned to the psychopathic personality. If you aren’t one you can be lured to act like one as they continually advertise that the only way to get rich and have the “American Dream” is to be as ruthless as can be. Ayn Rand certainly championed it. She considered such people to be her supermen. Plunderers of modern society, where might makes right and wealth is for the rich. A dangerous and destructive ethos if there ever was one ever advertised as the best of all possible worlds. Totally antithetical to our ethos of “Out of Many One.”
Remember when you hear the term “state’s rights” it is a code for the Neo-Confederates in our midst. They are strong and are part of the Dominionist movement to gut our present country and rebuild it in their own twisted image.

Bill Moyers understands just how bad our position is today. How close we are to losing even the damaged gov’t we do have.

For me it is difficult to end on a positive note. Suffice it to say we haven’t lost yet. But the time is running out and once they collapse the economy it will be way too late since they will be out in the open and they will be the only ones with the organization and the support of the gov’t run by their own people. Then all bets, and the Bill of Rights, are off for us. Most will give up their freedom for a near normal life. (All the tropes will be back in place, but there will be no protections for us, our lives, our freedom will be conditional and we may not know where the leash ends.) The rest will be hunted down or allowed to starve or will be enslaved. That’s the way I see it. Just don’t know when the hammer will drop.

I thank TruthDig for all it does. Just wish I had some extra money for them.

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By MeHere, May 19, 2011 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

Billee

Excellent observations.  Most of the younger crowd seems to accept the present
working and lifestyle conditions as being normal—the idea being that, if this is
life in the US, it must be right.

I would only add that creating one’s own business doesn’t change the situation.
It just involves a different set of concerns and uncertainties which also make
people work themselves into extreme fatigue.

As a result of this malaise, not even retirees can relax—certainly not the
average retiree. As if dealing with old age and the health issues that develop
were not enough, they cannot trust the institutions that hold their savings or
the corporate health care system.  And they are faced with the onslaught of a
fast-changing technology that often makes them feel helpless.

Yes, it is a disturbing situation.  At this point, probably only nature can change
our situation, when the acceleration and expansion becomes unsustainable.

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By yossarianblues, May 19, 2011 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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The study regarding facts to which Moyers refers: http://articles.boston.com/2010-07-11/bostonglobe/29324096_1_facts-misinformation-beliefs

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By JJW, May 19, 2011 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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After the exposure of NYTs’ Judith Miller one would think they’d at least try to clean house but, no they get even more in bed with criminal politicians and CEOs.

Thank goodness I terminated Comcast cable.

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By surfnow, May 19, 2011 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

DR Zing:
I agree. It’s tough to get passed Moyers’ butt kissing of LBJ. He hated JFK and I’ve never believed it was coincidental that Kennedy was taken out in Johnson’s backyard. However, Moyers is of course right about the current state of our democracy, and internet neutrality is one of the most vital issues today. I also agree about the lies behind our wars- the War with Mexico was a total war of imperialism; and the super-patriotism behind WWI was sickening.However, the danger today is from the changes brought about by Rumsfeld-Bush- a totally volunteer military run by corporations- this is something very new , very unique and completely anti-democratic and dangerous.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment

Always love to hear Moyers; a giant among us.

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By D.R. Zing, May 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

This is a great interview.  I thank TruthDig for posting it. Bill Moyers is indeed a legend, and the way he ended the interview by pointing out the importance of individual journalists—and the importance of TruthDig itself—showed his brilliance, his poise, his integrity, his style.  God, I love him. 

But let’s be clear here about something else too. Lyndon Baines Johnson was a sorry son-of-a-bitch.  He stole his Senate seat from an honorable man named Coke Stevenson. LBJ was the original rat fucker, the original dirty dick, the master of dirty tricks, a vile despicable human being who manipulated his way into the Kennedy administration even though he was in no way qualified by intellect, disposition or even national popularity to be in such a position.

There are no words in this comment that LBJ did not use on a regular basis. 

Look at your dog. That Labrador Retriever knows just about as much as LBJ did about Vietnam when the bastard took office. Tens of thousands of Americans and perhaps one million Vietnamese lost their lives because LBJ was too goddamn stupid to realize McNamara was an idiot. Defecate in a jar and call it an LBJ memorial.

He turned his back on Martin Luther King when King needed him most. 

He was as diabolical as Karl Rove when campaigning and as stupid as George W. Bush when it came to foreign policy.

He showed Republicans and Democrats how to play dirty in the modern era. 

He only supported civil rights because he manipulated it into a way of furthering his political career.

He may have had seeds of a decent human being in him, but those seeds rotted in a vile pot of politics and ruthless ambition.

Don’t take my word for it. Read the man who spent his life studying LBJ, Robert A. Caro. His books on LBJ are:

Path to Power
Means of Ascent
Master of the Senate, which won the Pulitzer for Biography by the way. 

And all of Mr. Caro’s fans are waiting patiently for his last and final book about the LBJ presidency. 

Yes. Bill Moyers is a great man. But he worked for a miserable son-of-a-bitch. Perhaps that is why Mr. Moyers left politics and dedicated his life and career to journalism at its best. He certainly saw firsthand what an evil person can do when he manipulates journalism at its worst.

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By Billee, May 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

What concerns me (as a middle aged person who grew up in a suburb and has
lived in NYC for twenty years and connects with a lot of 20 and 30-
somethings) is the alarming degree of obedience presented by these new
generations. They shut up and do internships that basically use them for slave
labor, most do not get passionate about politics (uncool), are easily duped and
seduced by corporate hype and seem to not register any deep authenticity that
would lead them to rebel against established authority. I find this very
disturbing. I think they have been born into this corporate culture, know
nothing of how this country was before, and know slavishly serve with a level of
cluelessness about their rights being violated that unnerves me. They accept
corporate bs as if it is normal. I see it time and time again. The new trend is to
work them until at least 9pm. They get very little in return in terms of salary or
benefits. They are just being drained. Life will get worse in the US as those who
knew what it was like before the 1980s die off. When you could go to work,
come home and spend time unwinding with your family or just by yourself. Now
it’s all about working yourself into absolute frightening fatigue,worrying you
will get sick (no health insurance) and trying to block all these worries by
magical thinking, i.e. magical thinking. I am glad I am not young now. this
country is so sociopathically corporate that trying to maintain a middle class
life here has become unsustainable. If you lose your job, that’s it. Unless you
are resouceful enough to create a business of your own. Not everyone is capable
of that. And yet, cost of living prices continue to soar. I am not optimistic

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By SteveL, May 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

Heard the broadcast.  Main slime media has always been bad. Egbert Roscoe
Murrow good, Walter Cronkite most trusted but the rest not so good.

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